Despite a Million Sermons to the Contrary – by Desmond Ford
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- Dr Desmond Ford
Mar 7, 2016 2212
Despite a million sermons to the contrary, the gospel is not good advice. It is Good News! Advice is about something I should do, but news concerns something already done, and done by someone else. The gospel is the Good News that, in God’s sight, sin – my sin – has been made an end of; that transgression – my transgression – is finished; that iniquity – my iniquity – has been atoned for. Everlasting righteousness has been brought in for me. (Dan. 9:24–27).
All that God requires of me for time and eternity has already been achieved by himself in the person of his Son. That achievement is credited to anyone, however vile, who believes the news. That belief always results in a subsequent Christ-centred life with intense concern for the performance of the divine will in all things.
Despite my sin and selfishness, there is no need for my trying to reconcile God. God is already reconciled, and asks us ,”Be ye reconciled.” God is offering something, not demanding something.
In our age when millions are striving after some religious experience of power or ecstasy, the Good News of a salvation objectively, historically accomplished needs to be sounded forth to all seekers. People must be reminded that their acceptance with God does not depend upon anything other than appropriation of what Christ has done. This appropriation will change me, but am not accepted because of that change, nor am I rejected because the change may be slow and very incomplete in the here and now.
I need not be anxious about what God thinks of me, but only what God thinks of Christ, my Substitute. I am not to blaspheme his grace by thinking that I must be free from sin before trusting his power to save. I must come to him, just as I am – sinful, helpless, and dependent.
– Des Ford. Rom 8:27-32. Adapted from “Good News in Daniel’s Prophecy.”